An appeal to the High Court for a judicial review into Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to cut the number of libraries from 45 to 15 has failed.
After a week long hearing, a High Court judge dismissed the legal challenge on all grounds.
"We're delighted with the judge's decision.
"However, it's disappointing that at least £350,000 has had to be wasted defending plans that are clearly best for taxpayers, best for library users and best for local communities.
"The delays caused by the legal action have also led to Lincolnshire Co-op withdrawing its bid for Boultham Library, meaning this site is now likely to close.
"Hopefully, the campaigners will now see their actions are only having a negative effect on services, and they are doing anything but save Lincolnshire libraries.
"Now we have cleared this hurdle, we can concentrate on putting the new-look service in place – something that will ensure the future of local libraries.
"We're working closely with local groups to get the new community hubs up-and-running, and have a few that are ready to go-live in the next few weeks, the rest will then follow over the summer months in a phased approach. Everything should be in place by the end of September. "I'm sure these new facilities will be of real benefit to their local community."
Under the plans, the council will continue to provide 15 major libraries, along with online services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill health.
These will be complemented by around 30 community hubs, including library services, developed in partnership with local community groups who will also be given over £5,000 per year towards their running costs and access to a one-off grant of up to £15,000 for changes to buildings or equipment.
In addition, the authority is undertaking a competitive procurement to seek an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf, including the support for the community hubs. This follows an approach by Greenwich Leisure Limited, a not-for-profit organisation interested in running local libraries.
Because of the work involved in a competitive procurement, it is likely to take until the end of 2015 before a final decision is reached on who will run the service.
More than 370 pupils at a Primary School in South Yorkshire are to be vaccinated this morning against Hepatitis A.
A 6-year-old was found to have the infection at Woodfield primary school last week.
Hundreds of pupils at a primary school in South Yorkshire are to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A after a six-year-old was found to have the infection.
Public Health England is investigating after the outbreak at Woodfield Primary at Balby in Doncaster. It is understood health experts became aware of the problem when they screened the youngster.
Three other relatives - two of them children who also attend Woodfield Primary - plus two adults were also found to have the infection when they were screened. It's believed they've already been treated for the disease.
David Hirst reports:
Women over seventy are being warned to look out for all the signs of breast cancer. Around 1300 women aged over 70 in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are diagnosed with breast cancer each year - but a third have symptoms other than a lump.
Those figures are revealed at the same time as concern is raised that older women are being too laid back about the importance of screenings and ignore appointments. James Webster reports.
The Duke of York will be installed today as the new Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.
During the ceremony, Prince Andrew will receive an honorary doctorate, while his predecessor, Sir Patrick Stewart, will also be honoured.
A teenager from North Yorkshire, who's excelled at the country's only military sixth form college, has received a special award from the Duke of Edinburgh. 18-year-old Alex Ward from Filey won the Sword of Honour for showing outstanding potential during her two years at Welbeck College. She now plans to study aeronautical engineering at university before going on to become an officer in the Royal Navy.
Opera north has spent the last year working with children at Bude Park Primary School on the Bransholme estate in Hull.
Today the pupils put on a very special performance for an audience including their parents.
Fiona Dwyer was there too:
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The University of Hull is set to receive £40 million in funding today.
The money will be used for projects including new student accommodation, upgrades for the Brynmor Jones Library and Middleton Hall Auditorium along with a new health hub.
It comes after the University of Lincoln received £130 million in funding yesterday.
Six primary schools in Hull are set to be expanded to create an additional 350 places.
The council's secured funding of more than 1.6 million to carry out the reforms over the next seven years.
There has been a 15 per cent rise in demand for primary school places in Hull over the last five years.